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Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City (2019 original; edició 2019)

de K. J. Parker (Autor)

Sèrie: The Siege (1)

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"This is the story of Orhan, son of Siyyah Doctus Felix Praeclarrissimus, and his history of the Great Siege, written down so that the deeds and sufferings of great men may never be forgotten. A siege is approaching, and the city has little time to prepare. The people have no food and no weapons, and the enemy has sworn to slaughter them all. To save the city will take a miracle, but what it has is Orhan. A colonel of engineers, Orhan has far more experience with bridge-building than battles, is a cheat and a liar, and has a serious problem with authority. He is, in other words, perfect for the job."--Back cover.… (més)
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Títol:Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City
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Orhan is a milkface, one of a discriminated against minority in the Robur Empire, the most powerful empire in the world. With a combination of luck, expertise and a certain amount of slightly underhand practices, he has managed to claw his way up to the position of Colonel-in-Chief of the Engineers, an almost unheard of position for someone of his background.

‘Please note I didn’t come in on the military mail. As Colonel-in-Chief of the Engineers, I’m entitled; but, as a milkface (not supposed to call us that, everybody does, doesn’t bother me, I like milk) it’s accepted that I don’t, because of the distress I might cause to Imperials finding themselves banged up in a coach with me for sixteen hours a day. Not that they’d say anything, of course. The Robur pride themselves on their good manners, and, besides, calling a milkface a milkface is Conduct Prejudicial and can get you court-martialled. For the record, nobody’s ever faced charges on that score, which proves (doesn’t it) that Imperials aren’t biased or bigoted in any way. On the other hand, several dozen auxiliary officers have been tried and cashiered for calling an Imperial a blueskin, so you can see just how wicked and deserving of contempt my lot truly are.‘

But when a new and wholly unexpected enemy confronts the Robur and slaughters the garrison protecting the unnamed City that is their capital, Orhan finds to his surprise that he is now the ranking officer. Trouble is, Orhan isn’t really a soldier, he just builds really good bridges. But there’s an army of a hundred and ten thousand men camped outside the gates and no sign of any relief force, so somebody has to take charge. But to do that Orhan must upset a large number of the Robur hierarchy and must also decide where his loyalties truly lie …

This was a fun read which rattled along, and also dealt with some more serious topics along the way. ( )
  SandDune | Sep 17, 2021 |
humorous, great world building and really imaginative. ( )
  majkia | Aug 8, 2021 |
There's no money, the army is dead or revolting, the Fleet is absent, and you are a lowly engineer. This is what you do, if you are basically slightly dishonest. Our hero lurches from one desperate expedient to another, while trying to save his city from a sacking it richly deserves. It is all great fun, and an analysis of some of the moments that made Constantinople great. K.J. Parker is really Tom Holt, a sadly neglected British writer who is really under-marketed in North America. It is our loss. He writes at nearly the level of Terry Pratchett. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jun 15, 2021 |
Liked it! Reminded me of early Fritz Leiber. Hardly a fully-realized world, but what there is is fun and in places, funny. Engineers FTW. ( )
  qBaz | May 28, 2021 |
Technically great, but there are so many spontaneous plot tangents and exposition that it's a chore to read.

Apparently there is also humor, I must have missed that part...

- Dropped Ch 19/47 ( )
  Yugmodnar829 | Nov 11, 2020 |
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"This is the story of Orhan, son of Siyyah Doctus Felix Praeclarrissimus, and his history of the Great Siege, written down so that the deeds and sufferings of great men may never be forgotten. A siege is approaching, and the city has little time to prepare. The people have no food and no weapons, and the enemy has sworn to slaughter them all. To save the city will take a miracle, but what it has is Orhan. A colonel of engineers, Orhan has far more experience with bridge-building than battles, is a cheat and a liar, and has a serious problem with authority. He is, in other words, perfect for the job."--Back cover.

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